Very nice use of the “so-called” here. We need to continually remind people that what they are being told is artificial intelligence (AI) is not intelligent and does not resemble anything like a conscious being. The use of the terms AI and even worse machine learning has gone from terribly imprecise to ridiculously meaningless. Many educated people understand this, the vast majority of the population does not. Anytime we have an opportunity to remind a reader that what is being called AI is not intelligent in any sense of the word as they would understand it, we should take it. Even little things like the use of modifiers such as “so-called”, “putative”, “purported” help as they add up over time.

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